After viewing a YouTube video chronicling a middle school assembly which featured a Christian rock band, an evangelical preacher, and a call for the students to sign “commitment cards” dedicating their lives to Jesus, we submitted a FOIA to the school district which exposed a culture of religiosity in the public schools.

When our request for remedial action fell on deaf ears, we filed suit in the Florence Federal District Court. After intense negotiations, the School Board agreed to a consent decree and order that will put in place a mechanism assuring separation of church and state in its schools. We are now monitoring that consent order.

Date filed

January 24, 2012


Florence Division

Case number

NO. 4: 11-cv-03300-RBH